Caitlin Ballotta Rajagopalan
Director of Education and Strategy
Caitlin Ballotta Rajagopalan oversees Poetry in America’s education portfolio, which encompasses numerous programs on offer at Arizona State University and Harvard University; K-12 initiatives related to the Poetry in America television series; and collaborations with nonprofit, public, and private sector partners.
Caitlin has been with Poetry in America since 2014, serving in such capacities as instructional designer, curriculum developer, media producer, and project and program manager. Her first major project involved leading the design, build, and administration of the Massive Open Online Course Poetry in AmericaX: Modernism at HarvardX. In 2019, Caitlin led the design and implementation of the Poetry in America for High Schools Program (featured in the New York Times) at the Harvard Extension School; she subsequently oversaw the program’s mid-pandemic transfer to its new home at ASU, where it has seen major growth. Caitlin has also worked as an associate producer for the Poetry in America public television series, and she co-designed and co-taught the graduate practicum Teaching the Humanities with New Media at Harvard with Poetry in America founder and director Elisa New. Caitlin has a degree in English from Harvard University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.